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September 5, 2014

Get the whole darn set Friday!

This foursome from the Royal Horticultural Society has been adapted for the U.S. Use it for yourself, although a pretty bow makes it a great gift for garden friends. Nicely illustrated, the set includes “Growing Vegetables & Herbs”, “Container Gardening”, “Pruning & Training” and “Garden Problem Solver”.

The pruning book alone is probably my fave. IMHO, any plant is gorge when it’s pruned properly.

To win the set just tell us in comments about the wackiest prune job you ever saw. A winner will be chosen at random, eyes closed, super-pinky promise (even if Billy Goodnick Crimes Against Horticulture plays).

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September 2, 2014

Yikes! Monarchs are disappearing

There is something about bar charts that tell the story like no long explanation can….at a glance you can see to what degree Monarchs have disappeared from their overwintering sites in Mexico.

Monarch Watch is worried. It’s not only pesticide use, but milkweed, or lack thereof. 80% of milkweed habitats have given way to corn crops in the Midwest. Can backyard gardeners make up the difference?

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Buzzfeed—Overhead at the Chelsea Flower Show 2014

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August 28, 2014

Playing favorites

The American Horticultural Society has honored horticultural heroes since 1953 and is looking for your nominations for Great American Gardeners 2015 in 15 categories from landscape design to teaching.

Who is your Garden Hero? Someone who teaches kids to garden? Someone who does horticultural therapy? The owners and staff at your favorite nursery or garden business?

Nominate the people, companies or organizations who exemplify the art, science, environmental and communications aspects of gardening and who make an impact in their efforts, here.

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Independent.co.uk —Under 35s rated gardening among their top five leisure activities

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August 21, 2014

Four ways to help plants survive drought

No doubt that as the drought drags on in the West, plants are suffering, especially if you’re seriously saving water. But don’t splash it around the landscape willy-nilly, use it on the plants that really need it.

Here are four ways to save your landscape during drought:

Established plants more than four years old can live on less water. A slow drip once a month is all trees and established shrubs need to survive.

Mulch like you really mean it. Mulch prevents moisture from evaporating from the soil and keeps root environments cool. Two to three inches works best.

Stop watering your lawn. While it may eventually look dead, it won’t be. Grasses can go dormant during drought and come back again when water is available.

Allocate water to your vegetable garden and fruit trees. Perennials, annuals and fruiting trees need the most moisture. If you’re saving water for something, use it here.

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National Journal—Painting brown lawns green a booming business

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August 20, 2014

Behold the Stumpery

Where a Victorian garden aesthetic called Stumpery meets wood-log permaculture called Hugelkultur. The plants benefit from the nutrients released from decaying logs and the gardener benefits from the design aspects. Plus, those tree cuttings are put to use.

Here’s another example of Hugelkultur illustrated.

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New York Times —Sad but true: firefly populations are dwindling

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August 13, 2014

Ditch the flowers

Tired of staring at zinnias? Refresh your garden with leafy combos, and find your inspiration in Fine Foliage (St. Lynn’s Press). Just awarded the Gold Medal for Overall Book by the Garden Writers Association, the book by Northwest garden designers Karen Chapman and Christina Salwitz is a delight.

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Boston.com—-Cops at the Arnold Arboretum.

Charlotte

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August 6, 2014

Best blueberry ice cream recipe

That’s what food pro, Food Gal Carolyn Jung says—so whether you’re in East Coast humidity or West Coast fire danger, scoop up some fresh blueberries and start cooking.

Find the ice cream recipe here. After you’ve scraped the last blue traces from your bowl, drop us a comment and let us know what you thought.

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NBCChicago—-City workers sued for not recognizing native plants.

Charlotte

 

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August 3, 2014

Pitch in for Pith + Vigor

Pith + Vigor is an upcoming garden newspaper and online magazine that is looking for your support at Indiegogo - the website that crowdfunds all sorts of businesses from fashion startups to new technology.

You can help launch this latest garden media project founded by nationally popular garden designer, Rochelle Greayer, otherwise known as the blogger at Studio ‘G’, by making a donation for as little as an annual subscription of $25. Each level of donation gets you something.

$500 will get you a quarter page ad in an upcoming issue, or if you’re not into gardening on the business side, $4000 will land you a consultation and full garden plan by Greayer.

Only four days left to decide—no dilly dallying.

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The Telegraph —European gardeners may soon have to take out auto insurance on ride-on mowers

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